NBA rumors have swirled around Goran Dragic, Luol Deng, and Hassan Whiteside this season. All three have been involved in speculation about them moving on from the Miami Heat to other teams. An interesting development has been taking place in South Beach since Chris Bosh went down with an undisclosed medical condition. According to the Miami Herald, Dragic, Deng, and Whiteside are playing better without Bosh around.
Since Chris Bosh left the lineup, Hassan Whiteside is proving to the NBA that he can be an elite level scoring center. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that he can someday average over 20 points a game. With Dwyane Wade and Bosh getting up there in age, it might behoove the Miami Heat to start grooming themselves a lead scorer. Of course, things are a bit complicated with Whiteside because he becomes a free agent this upcoming summer.
Goran Dragic might benefit the most from the absence of Chris Bosh. Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has switched to an uptempo offense since being forced to change his lineup. By doing that, Dragic has started to look like the star that he was when he was with the Phoenix Suns. Goran is starting to look like he’s worth every penny of the $80 million contract that the Suns handed him last summer.
Though it is being reported that the Miami Heat are trying to convince him to shut it down for the remainder of the season, Chris Bosh is telling people that he wants to make a return before the NBA Playoffs. While it’s pretty late in the season to make sweeping changes to the offensive and defensive schemes, Erik Spoelstra can figure out how to modify things so that Bosh can be an asset when he does return.
The latest development with the Miami Heat shouldn’t spark up trade rumors involving Chris Bosh. Heat president Pat Riley is very loyal to Bosh because Chris has been loyal to Miami. The two of them want to continue their working relationship for years to come. They just need to figure out how to make things work out for everyone involved.
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